By Skilder Makona
The Zimbabwe Chevrons are in real danger of losing the second test against Afghanistan after they were bowled out for a paltry 287 on day three and forced to follow-on.
After declaring at 545 for 4 on the second day of the second Test match at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan forced Zimbabwe to follow on with the visitors having been bowled out for 287 on the third day.
Half-centuries from all-rounder Sikandar Raza (85) and Prince Masvaure (65) were in vain as Zimbabwe fell short.
The Chevrons lost four wickets for 45 runs in the hour after tea, with Rashid Khan taking 4 for 138 as he combined with Amir Hamza to leave Zimbabwe six down at the end of the second session.
Left-arm seamer Sayed Shirzad also made a double strike in two balls taking out skipper Sean Williams and Wesley Madhevere for his second golden duck of the series.
After building a 91-run opening stand with Prince Masvaure, scoring 41 along the way, Kevin Kasuza found the going tough when he was caught behind leaving the visitors without a century opening stand in almost a decade since August 2011.
Zimbabwe domestic cricket premiership batsman of the moment Tarisai Musakanda posted his career-best of 41 off 90 balls with 5 boundaries before he was caught leg before wicket by Khan.
Wickets continued to tumble as Hamza dismissed Ryan Burl for a duck while Regis Chakabvas fall left Zimbabwe on the back foot.
Trailing by 234 runs, the Chevrons will be looking forward to avoid an innings defeat with Masvaure and Kasuza now on 24 not out in their second innings.